What do Netflix cameras look like and what do they need to be approved? | Spanish Digital Trends

What do Netflix cameras look like and what do they need to be approved?  |  Spanish Digital Trends

Netflix pours huge amounts of money into original content in its ongoing quest to retain subscribers and attract new ones.

But did you know that commissioned production companies should only use cameras approved by the streaming giant?

In a recent video (below), Netflix explained how it works with camera manufacturers and production companies to ensure high standards when it comes to device selection for its “approved cameras” list.

In the video, Netflix camera system specialist Kris Prygrocki begins by pointing out a common misconception that the company’s only requirement for its approved list is 4K capture capability. Of course, high-resolution images are certainly important, but Prygrocki says “that’s not all,” citing a long list of other criteria, such as the quality of a camera’s dynamic range, color reproduction, noise performance, etc. the reading speed of the sensor, compression, etc…

The video includes a look at some of the high-precision test equipment Netflix uses to test a camera’s picture performance, though the company is also staying in touch with camera manufacturers to ensure that their testers use the equipment in such a way as to obtain the best results.

Prygrocki also notes that Netflix is ​​”not assembling these specs in a vacuum behind closed doors,” explaining that its camera requirements are the result of feedback from filmmakers, who let it know which features are important to them.

The list of Netflix-approved cameras currently includes 48 cameras made by ARRI, Canon, Panasonic, Red, Panavision, Sony, and Blackmagic.

Netflix’s high standards mean it’s difficult for certain devices like drone cameras and action cameras to make the list. That’s good, though, because the company won’t mind if a specialized camera kit is needed for a particular shot.

“Imagine trying to capture a hummingbird’s wingbeat at 1,000 frames per second, or maybe you have to mount a camera on a car crashing into a wall,” says Prygrocki. “These are shots that simply can’t be done without the use of a specialized system, and we did it.”

So while you won’t find devices like small action cameras on the approved list, Netflix says it’s fine for production companies to use such gear as long as they select the best option available. .

“Remember,” says Prygrocki, “everything we push is an effort to help our filmmakers do their best work, what we call filmmaker joy.”

take a look at the Digital Trending Guide to the Best Movies Made by Netflix available on the streaming service today. And yes, all of them will have been shot primarily with cameras on the company’s approved list.

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